Over the last ten years, Manhattan-based photographer Michael Alago has developed his own unique brand of Rough Gods photography. Instantly recognisable, Alago’s images pack a powerful, muscular, tattooed punch.

Brutal Truth, Alago’s new 260-page book of photographs – the follow-up to his 2005 sold-out book Rough Gods – is out now and as you can see from these images, his subjects are the kind of “hold-me-down-and-fuck-me” roughnecks we all dream about! Breathtakingly virile and often photographed in decayed urban settings, the men of Brutal Truth radiate raw, in-your-face, masculinity.



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We’ve got a copy of Brutal Truth up for grabs. For your chance to win it just send an email to [email protected] placing Brutal Truth Competition in the subject field, along with your name and contact details, or post your answer to QXMEN, Brutal Truth Competition, 23 Denmark Street, London WC2H 8NH. Entries should arrive by Friday April 29th when the winner will be drawn at random. Sorry guys, but the competition’s open to UK residents only.




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